Leading the Way...

I've been so aware of the fantastic leadership skills of our young people over the last week. 
On Wednesday, we interviewed for the Senior Student Team.  Inevitably, I interview lots of different people for lots of different jobs.  But our Sixth Formers always stand out, and this year's applicants were no exception.  It's actually very humbling to read what they have already achieved in their superbly written letters of application.  Even more impressive, perhaps, is their courage in presenting with confidence in front of a full Sixth Form assembly of their peers and staff.  I know that I couldn't have done that at 16 or 17.  Finally, after two angel interviews it still took us hours to come to a final decision on next year's team - such was the quality of the candidature.  Indeed, I've never had to defer my decision until the morning following the interviews.  Every applicant was amazing.  After much deliberation I was delighted to confirm our largest ever Senior Student Team for 2013-14 as Rachael Green (Head Girl) and Elliot Laker (Head Boy) with Deputies Codie Burnett, Tom Graves, Dan Holloway, Emma Hygate, Rose Maher, Katherine Smith and Sophie Wells.  I'm really looking forward to working with them over the next year as the representatives of 'student voice' to shape the future of leaning at Park House.  It's certainly in safe - and innovative hands - with this group of young leaders.
On Monday and Tuesday of this week I had the additional pleasure and privilege of working with our Young Leaders in support of the 2013 Berkshire School Games.  Our vision for the Games has always been 'For Young People, By Young People'.  Therefore Monday saw a residential Leadership Academy for over 100 young secondary leaders at Bradfield College in preparation for their roles as team managers, officials and reporters at the following day's Winter School Games Festival for over 1,000 primary students from 75 different schools across the County.  I'm so proud that Park House students were to the fore throughout, literally leading by example.  A huge thank you to all for leading the way!